2020

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In Boost for Renewables, Grid-Scale Battery Storage Is on the Rise

Yale E360

Driven by technological advances, facilities are being built with storage systems that can hold enough renewable energy to power hundreds of thousands of homes. The advent of “big battery” technology addresses a key challenge for green energy — the intermittency of wind and solar. Read more on E360

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The Economics of Personal Responsibility and Human Development

Environmental and Urban Economics

Congratulations to Nick Kristof of the New York Times. I am really impressed with this discussion between him and Carol in Berkeley. My mother's name is Carol and she has been to Berkeley and I'm wondering if my mom wrote the following response; Here is the NY Times Source and my remarks appear below. By all means, let’s talk about “personal responsibility”’ — Nicholas Kristof Carol in Berkeley, Calif., on “ Who Killed the Knapp Family? ” (Jan.

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Green Transport: Private E-Car Infrastructure Subsidy in Germany

Energy and Climate Law

900 Euros subsidy for private wallboxes to charge e-vehicles and a legal obligation to have e-charging points in all new buildings. Germany wants to push ahead with new infrastructure measures for e-mobility - but not everybody likes that.

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California to Require 100% Zero-Emission Passenger Vehicle Sales by 2035

Clean Energy Law

The Governor has issued an Executive Order with sweeping implications for the oil and gas industry and others. By Jean-Philippe Brisson , Joshua T. Bledsoe , Nikki Buffa , and Brian F. McCall.

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Shaping a Resilient Future: Climate Impact on Vulnerable Populations

Speaker: Laurie Schoeman Director, Climate & Sustainability, Capital

During this event, national climate and housing expert Laurie Schoeman will discuss topics including relocation, decarbonization, housing affordability, disparities in climate risks, and the health impacts of climate change.

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On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare

Environmental Progress

The author in Maranhão, Brazil, 1995. Lire en français ici. Leer en español aquí. On behalf of environmentalists everywhere, I would like to formally apologize for the climate scare we created over the last 30 years. Climate change is happening. It’s just not the end of the world.

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Leadership Blog Part 10: Reclaiming Our Environmental Imagination (NEPA at 50 and beyond)

NAEP Leadership Blog

During the decade of the 1960’s and 1970’s, there were many literary figures writing of the simplicity, the beauty, and the spiritual depth of Nature, giving us vivid imagery that represented our emotional landscape.

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Electric Vehicles Combat Climate Change

Global Green

CHRIS JOHNSTON DECEMBER 2, 2020. Chris Johnston is co-author of The Arrival of the Electric Car – An Overview of the EV Revolution Happening Now. The fastest way to shift the transportation sector to environmental sustainability is to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).

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Emerging Investigator Series – Changseok Han

Water Research & Technology

Changseok Han is currently an Assistant Professor in Department of Environmental Engineering at the INHA University, Korea. He earned his B.S. and M.S. in Department of Environmental Engineering at Yeungnam University, Korea, in 2005 and 2007, respectively. Dr. Han achieved his Ph.D

2020 83
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Quality Data: An Essential Element of Chemical Safety

EPA

By Alexandra Dapolito Dunn. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention. Good decisions start with good information.

2020 83
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New York State Issues Draft Value of Carbon Guidance for Comment

SPR Law

New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act of 2019 (CLCPA) sets requirements and goals for statewide greenhouse gas emissions reductions, plans to achieve net zero emissions across the State’s economy, and renewables targets.

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Sustainability at Retail

As part of a global Sustainability at Retail initiative, Shop! worked collaboratively with its global affiliates to address critical environmental issues, outlined in this white paper.

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Wall Street Begins Trading Water Futures as a Commodity

Yale E360

Wall Street has begun trading water as a commodity, like gold or oil. The country’s first water market launched on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange this week with $1.1 billion in contracts tied to water prices in California, Bloomberg News reported. Read more on E360

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Will the Rise of Work from Home Lower Uber's Medium Term Profits?

Environmental and Urban Economics

Post-pandemic many educated people will be working from home 3 days a week. Some of these people will choose to live further from city centers. How will such "sprawl" and reduced work trips affect the profitability of ride sharing companies? For urban economists to be useful here, we need to make some progress on a few core questions. Does Uber make more money on short urban trips versus picking people up in the far flung suburbs?

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The Energy Transition in the Built Environment – Towards Positive Energy Districts

Energy and Climate Law

By Ceciel Nieuwenhout, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Groningen Centre of Energy Law and Sustainability; Lead Author of WP 1 T1.2 Report to the H2020 POCITYF-project A substantial part of energy in the EU is consumed by households , for powering electric appliances and for heating and cooling.

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4 Things to Know About CARB’s Clean Miles Standard

Clean Energy Law

The novel regulation aims to reduce GHG emissions from ride-sharing vehicles in California. By Joshua T. Bledsoe and Jen Garlock.

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Bad science and bad ethics in Peter Gleick’s Review of “Apocalypse Never” at Yale Climate Connections

Environmental Progress

The ideas of Thomas Malthus (center) were used by British governments to justify the Irish Famine, 1845-1848 (left) and Bengali Famine, 1943-1945 (right) before becoming the basis for 20th Century environmentalism.

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Leadership Blog Part 9: Reclaiming Our Environmental Imagination (from Thoreau to NEPA)

NAEP Leadership Blog

In the mid-19th century, Henry David Thoreau wrote, “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” This thought marked the beginning of this country’s literary American Renaissance and it became the cornerstone of America’s environmental consciousness.

2020 156
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Pandemics: Legal history and anthropology

Environment, Law, and History

Trionfo della morte (1446) (Galleria Regionale di Palazzo Abbatellis) This coming November 6 the Centre d'Histoire et d'Anthropologie du Droit at Université Paris Nanterre will host (online) what looks to be a very interesting program on the legal history and anthropology of pandemics: "Les crises pandémiques à travers les âges.

2020 83
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Top 35+ Climate Change Law Influencers to Follow on Twitter

Climate Change Blawg

The following are some of the top climate change legal influencers on Twitter. They are some of the best lawyers, legal academics and legal organisations trying to turn the tide on climate change through change in the law across many different jurisdictions.

2020 83
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The Fog

IEAM Blog

The following post is one of a series previewing the research that will be presented at the SETAC North America 41st Annual Meeting (SciCon2), 15–19 November 2020.

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Farming the Sun: 5 Questions to Ask Before Signing a Long-Term Solar Lease

JANZEN AG

As one farmer recently told me, “If we can’t make money grain farming, we might as well farm the sun.” Clean energy is hot on the farm, and its more than anaerobic digesters and windmills.

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Why Reusables Are Still Safe To Use During A Pandemic

Onya

Use of single-use plastic has surged during the pandemic amid uncertainty in the safety of reusable containers.

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Filthy Water: A Basic Sanitation Problem Persists in Rural America

Yale E360

Residents of Alabama’s Lowndes County lack adequate wastewater systems and must contend with sewage backing up into their yards and homes. Environmental activist Catherine Coleman Flowers says this problem affects many low-income, rural parts of the U.S. and can no longer be ignored.

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Some Research Notes on Using Geo-Tagged Cell Phone Data to Study Urban Economics Questions

Environmental and Urban Economics

Several excellent urban economics research teams have access to U.S geocoded cell phone data. Since I am not part of any of these teams, I will use this blog post to offer them some unsolicited advice. For some examples of these teams; skim this and this. Geotagged data provide researchers with a spatial and temporal high frequency database to know where each person spends her day. I carry a cell phone with me 98% of the day when I am awake. This suggests that I am geotagged.

2020 156
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European Climate Law voted in by European Parliament

Energy and Climate Law

Yesterday and today the European Parliament approved of the central backbone legislation of the European Green Deal, the so called European Climate Law.

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CARB Attempts to Contain LCFS Credit Prices

Clean Energy Law

In recent LCFS amendments, CARB introduced a new price cap on all LCFS credit transfers and authorized limited future credit borrowing. By Joshua T. Bledsoe , Brian F. McCall , and Kevin A. Homrighausen.

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Climate Feedback Unscientifically Confuses "Disasters" & Weather Events & Endorses Pseudoscientific Claim That We Are in A "Sixth Mass Extinction"

Environmental Progress

Climate Feedback authors introduce pseudoscience into their “fact check”.

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Leadership Blog Part 8: Living Ethically

NAEP Leadership Blog

One of the human attributes that I absolutely believe in is a code of ethics or standard by which to live – professionally and personally. NAEP expects environmental professionals to live by their “Code of Ethics and Standards for Practice for Environmental Professionals.”

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Early American history and modern American environmental law

Environment, Law, and History

A recurring theme in scholarship on environmental regulation is the roots of the American approach to environmental regulation , and to what extent this approach is exceptional.

2020 83
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The Capitol Hill Anthrax Attacks – Fall 2001

EPA

By Ted Stanich. Associate Administrator, Office of Homeland Security. As we remember the events of September 11, and mark the 19 th anniversary and Patriot Day last week, I am reminded of the mood in Washington, D.C. in October 2001— “first 9/11, and now this?”

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ENAMI and Cornerstone sued over Río Magdalena copper-gold mining project in Ecuador

Corp Watch

The Cotacachi indigenous community is suing ENAMI EP, Ecuador’s national mining company, and Cornerstone Capital Resources, of Ottawa, Canada, over Río Magdalena, a proposed copper-gold mining project in Los Cedros Protected Forest in the Llurimagua area of Ecuador

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Spiders!

IEAM Blog

The following post is one of a series previewing the research that will be presented at the SETAC North America 41st Annual Meeting (SciCon2), 15–19 November 2020.

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The U.S. Falls Behind Majority of the World in Reducing CO2 Emissions: The Case for Rejoining the Paris Agreement.

Climate Change Blawg

By Alexandra Lauren Horn, Esq., a U.S. Attorney, admitted to the Bar in New York and New Jersey, with a Certificate in International Law and an interest in Environmental Law and Human Rights.

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How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline

Yale E360

The impact of introduced plants on native biodiversity has emerged as a hot-button issue in ecology. But recent research provides new evidence that the displacement of native plant communities is a key cause of a collapse in insect populations and is affecting birds as well. Read more on E360

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Will President Biden's Low Carbon Policy Efforts be Slowed Down by the Gruenspecht Effect and Slow Economic Growth?

Environmental and Urban Economics

In recent decades, U.S Clean Air Regulations have focused on reducing the emissions of new cars, new factories and new power plants. Old cars, old factories and old power plants have often been "grandfathered" and haven't faced regulations. Given the durability of capital, this differential regulation creates long lags between "cause" and "effect". In this case, the cause is the new regulations and the effect is environmental progress.

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German Renewable Energy Act (EEG Novelle 2021) - Considerable Changes Proposed

Energy and Climate Law

It has been the central backbone of Germany`s energy turnaround, the Renewable Energy Act (Erneuerbare Energien Gesetz). Enacted in 2001, it survived several amendments and revisions, changing from a feed-in tariff regime to a, specific German, feed-in premium modell.

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